MINSK, Belarus -- Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov each won
his second singles match of the weekend to wrap up Belarus' 5-0
victory over Argentina in the Davis Cup quarterfinals Sunday.
Mirnyi beat Lucas Arnold 6-1, 6-2 for his ninth straight Davis
Cup singles victory, while Voltchkov defeated rookie Juan Monaco
3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Mirnyi and Voltchkov also teamed to win Saturday's doubles
match, clinching the hosts' first Davis Cup semifinal berth.
Argentina, a semifinalist the past two years, was missing its
top two players: Guillermo Coria and David Nalbandian, both
Belarus next faces the winner of the quarterfinal between the
United States and Sweden.
France takes 3-2 win over Swiss
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Nicolas Escude beat Michel
Kratochvil 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) to give France a 3-2 victory over
Switzerland in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
France, which was beaten by Switzerland at the quarterfinal
stage last year, will travel to Spain for the semifinals in
September. Spain eliminated the Netherlands earlier.
France led the best-of-five series 2-1 heading into Sunday, but
top-ranked Roger Federer tied it for the hosts by beating Arnaud
Clement 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.
Kratochvil was brought in as a late replacement for Ivo
Heuberger, who lost heavily to Clement on the opening day, but
the world No. 197 could not match Escude in front of a noisy,
partisan home crowd.
Escude broke Kratochvil in the fifth game of the first set
as the home player made a nervous start. However, the Swiss
broke back in the eighth game and the set headed into a
Escude recovered to win the tiebreak 7-3 with Kratochvil
wilting under the pressure.
Backed by a vocal French contingent, Escude took the second
set by breaking Kratochvil in the 10th game.
The final set went with serve until Kratochvil was broken in
the eighth game but Escude broke back immediately.
Kratochvil gained three set points at 6-3 in the tiebreak
before losing five successive points to hand the match to
Spain reaches semifinals
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain -- Juan Carlos Ferrero came back to
beat Martin Verkerk 6-4, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Sunday in a rematch
of the 2003 French Open final, clinching a Davis Cup semifinal
berth for Spain.
The result gave the hosts a 3-1 edge over the Netherlands in
their best-of-five series. Later, Carlos Moya defeated Sjeng
Schalken 6-3, 6-4 to complete Spain's 4-1 victory.
Spain will face France in September's semifinals. The French
eliminated Switzerland 3-2.
Verkerk just seemed to run out of gas late. He played singles
Friday, and was part of the Dutch doubles team that completed a
five-set victory in a match that started Saturday, was suspended by
rain, and finished Sunday.
In the last set against Ferrero, Verkerk stopped chasing every
shot and his serve speed dropped.
Earlier Sunday, Verkerk and John van Lottum completed a rally
from two sets down to beat Tommy Robredo and Rafael Nadal 2-6, 3-6,
6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
The doubles match was halted Saturday with Spain up 2-1 in sets.
After a three-hour delay, the rain had tapered off, but it was too
dark to play on the outdoor clay court in a converted bull ring on
this Mediterranean island.
When action resumed Sunday, the Dutch doubles team jumped to
leads of 4-1 in the fourth set and 3-0 in the fifth.
Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.